Policy & Lobbying
Climate Change
The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 states that greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by 80% by 2050 compared with a defined baseline, with an interim target of a 42% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. The rural sector has an opportunity to help achieve these targets through tree planting, moorland management and changing agricultural practices to become more targeted.

Policy Positions
  • Scottish Land & Estates believes that forestry has a significant role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions because trees are known to sequester carbon dioxide, as well as bringing a range of other benefits. Therefore, we support tree planting where it is appropriate.
  • Scotland’s peatlands are a significant carbon sink and are believed to hold 2.7 billion tonnes of carbon. Therefore, it is important that they are carefully managed in order to prevent this important sink from turning into a source of carbon. Scottish Land & Estates believes that this can be achieved by a variety of management practices including rotational muirburn in order to prevent the growth of long rank heather which carries a wildfire risk.
  • Scottish agriculture has long been recognised as a source of greenhouse gas emissions but Scottish Land & Estates believes that this situation can be reversed if land managers are innovative and adopt new practices such as using better targeting the application of fertilisers and carrying out energy audits to identify savings to help reduce consumption and their carbon footprint. They should also consider installing renewable energy technologies where appropriate.

    Information Sheets

    • 30/03/2011 - CC 01: Land Use Strategy
      The Land Use Strategy (LUS) was laid in Parliament on 17 March 2011, and sets out a vision of Scotland where we ‘fully recognise, understand and value the importance of our land resources, and where our plans and decision about land use deliver improved and enduring benefits, enhancing the wellbeing of our nation. The Strategy
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    • 31/05/2011 - CC 02: Land Use Strategy – Implications for Members and Scottish Land and Estates Position
        As required by Section 57 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, Scotland's first Land Use Strategy1 (LUS) was laid before Parliament on 17 March 2011. Scottish Land and Estates (formerly the SRPBA) is supportive of the principle of a Land Use Strategy and has commended the Scottish Government for attempting to produce a
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    • 15/05/2014 - CC03 - Unconventional Oil and Gas
      As a result of recent technological developments, it is now possible to extract oil and gas deposits from sites that would not have been viable using traditional methods.  These new extraction techniques include hydraulic fracturing (fracking), dewatering and underground coal gasification.  Scottish Land & Estates, working
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